Thursday, January 6, 2000
"And it came to pass, as the voice was still speaking, Moses cast his eyes and beheld the earth, yea, even all of it; and there was not a particle of it which he did not behold, discerning it by the spirit of God.
And he beheld also the inhabitants thereof, and there was not a soul which he beheld not; and he discerned them by the Spirit of God; and their numbers were great, even numberless as the sand upon the sea shore.
And he beheld many lands; and each land was called earth, and there were inhabitants on the face thereof.
And it came to pass that Moses called upon God, saying: Tell me, I pray thee, why these things are so, and by what thou madest them?"
We hear things all the time, like the typical missionary scripture in Moroni 10, that says "by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things" and other scriptures that say ask, and it shall be given you... seek and ye shall find... knock... all of those things. And we go through our lives with those in our minds somewhere... but how often do we feel the real impact of it? That God can show us anything and EVERYTHING, that whatever we are seeking and need to know, the source is right there? Like Joseph Smith. He read in James that God could grant wisdom to those that lacked it, and he figured he would try it out. I think this scripture shows us just exactly what we can see, and it is only a fraction of it all. Moses saw every "particle" of the earth. He saw every person on the earth. He saw way more than that, even... and then he asked God to explain it all to him, because it was a little too much. :) Do we realize that God is up there, wanting to teach us almost everything? Do we realize how much there is, for the asking? I think it is way to easy to get into the mode where we are picturing God as easily offended, and quick to wrath... or perhaps this fountain of pure love that doesn't do much else than flow into our hearts. I think either or both of these is flawed, and way too limiting. God is billions of things, but he is our Father, and our Teacher, and he wants to show us things, and explain things to us. And, it won't always happen through some amazing vision, although to assume that is out is limiting as well... but it will and can happen. If we get on our knees and ask God to teach us something, or help us with something that we can't do ourselves... (as long as it isn't something evil)... he will help us. show us, teach us, build us up... and we will always come out of it a better person than when we started. The lessons are sometimes overwhelming, like Moses seeing everything... :) but God is there all the time, and we can ask for an explanation, or understanding in learning and accepting even the lessons that we didn't ask for.